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Iraq and Ruin
Iraq and Ruin
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The Once and Future Mosul

The city may soon be freed from the Islamic State, but it won’t be easy to govern afterward. Foreigners—and even Iraqis—had better study its complexities.

Iraq and Ruin
Collapsing Oil Prices Reveal Iraq’s Fragility

Iraq has been buying off restive population with oil wealth. What happens when oil markets seize up?

Iraq and Ruin
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With Friends Like These

Why the U.S. cannot ally with Iran to defeat the Islamic State.

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Crude Economics

Moscow just promised to cut its oil output, but that promise rings hollow.

Asia's Game of Thrones

China’s seizure of Singapore’s troop carriers is a power move that sends a signal about Beijing’s displeasure with the Lion City.

Burma's Rohingyas

Outrage at Myanmar’s leader for her inaction on the Rohingya demonstrates the continuing failure of human rights activists to understand the world or develop wise strategies for dealing with it.

Looking Ahead

Nancy Pelosi’s re-election at House Minority Leader suggests that even the 2016 disaster has not yet weakened the establishment’s iron grip over Democratic power centers.

The Vapors

The inability of U.S. diplomats to explain Trump and his worldview to their foreign interlocutors is likely to be a more serious problem for American foreign policy than any early flubs by the President-elect.

The North American Energy Boom

Our southern neighbor is benefiting from the shale boom, too.

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